Students at école Au-cœur-de-l’île in Comox participate in an innovative program called Taking the Lead

Paw Prints raffle supports canine-assisted student therapy program

Win an $800 pet pampering package

  • Nov. 16, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Terry farrell

Record staff



Students participating in the Taking the Lead Canine Assisted Therapy Program at École Au-coeur-de-l’île are hosting the second annual Paw Prints Fundraiser Raffle. The raffle raises funds to help families spay and neuter their pets who could otherwise not afford to do so, resulting in fewer unwanted puppies and kittens in our community. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the special fund set up at the Van Isle Veterinary Hospital.

The grand prize is a “pamper your pet” package valued at more than $800. It includes a health exam at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital and first aid kit, obedience classes with K9 Kind Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, a pet portrait session with Sharon Snider Photography including $100 of prints, a $200 gift basket from Woofy’s and a private training session with Go Dog Go Dog Training.

Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5 and are available all month at the Van Isle Veterinary Hospital. There will also be a booth set up at the Comox Centre Mall on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Taking the Lead Program is an initiative conceptualized by teacher Mariane Salvail, which combines counselling and canine therapy. Students are selected for the program based on school base team meetings, involving various faculty members.

School base team meetings are held periodically throughout the school year and input from the meetings is used to determine whether a student is a good fit for the program, and vice versa.


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